01/09/2013 04:57 pm ET

Michael Cargill Auctions Bushmaster, Gun Used In Newtown Shooting, To Help Sick Baby

To raise funds for a sick baby in need, a gun shop owner is auctioning off the same type of firearm used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

"I want to prove that guns do actually save lives," Michael Cargill, founder of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, told

The 11-month-old daughter of one of Cargill’s employees has Atrial Septal Defect, a heart condition that will require surgery unless the family raises enough money for an alternative treatment, according to the Burnt Orange Report.

To help his worker collect the funds, Cargill, a self-proclaimed Democrat, is raffling off a Bushmaster, one of three guns Adam Lanza used to kill 20 students and six faculty members at Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month.

While Cargill told that he wasn’t trying to make a statement by choosing to auction off this particular gun, the Bushmaster is inextricably tied to a number of horrific mass shootings, according to The Huffington Post.

The company's semiautomatic rifles were used in a 2010 shooting spree in Virginia that killed eight people and a Bushmaster .223 rifle was used by “Beltway snipers,” who murdered 15 people in 2001 and 2002.

Still Cargill says he doesn’t see any harm in raffling off the controversial weapon.

“In the hands of law abiding citizens,” Cargill told, “guns save lives.”



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